South Pacific Explorer

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Run by: Wildlife Worldwide

Reference number: 9060

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Join a unique cruise to discover the hidden gems of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands aboard the Spirit of Enderby.

This 14 day expedition cruise visits the remote and relatively undiscovered islands of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, where once-in-a-lifetime birdwatching and fascinating culture awaits. Bird highlights of the trip include the Manus friarbird, Mussau monarch and the paradise drongo, as well as endemics of the Solomon Islands including Roviana rail and Solomon sea eagle. For those with a keen interest in birdwatching, there is a specialised birding programme available. Aside from the spectacular birdlife, Melanesia boasts incredible marine life, with crystal clear waters for snorkelling and kayaking. 

The tour begins in the culturally rich Sepik River, before sailing across the Bismarck Sea to the remote shores of Manus and Mussau Islands. With the lowest population densities of New Guinea, delve into the region's history and learn about the traditional lifestyle of the locals. Cross the Buka Channel to Nissan Island to view the reminders of World War II, before visiting the long isolated Bougainville Island. Finally, sail through the Solomon Islands, where there are opportunities for landings, village visits and snorkelling in the pristine, turquoise waters. 

Typical itinerary

The full itinerary detail is available on our website.

  1. Day 1: Arrive Madang, Papua New Guinea
  2. Day 2: Madang, board Spirit of Enderby
  3. Day 3: Sepik River
  4. Days 4-5: Manus Province
  5. Day 6: Mussa Island
  6. Day 7: Kavieng, New Ireland
  7. Day 8: Rabaul, East New Britain
  8. Day 9: Nissan Island
  9. Day 10: Bougainville Island
  10. Day 11: Choiseul Island
  11. Day 12: New Georgia Islands
  12. Day 13: Santa Isabel Island
  13. Day 14: Disembark Honiara

You should note: The above itinerary is for guidance only – programmes may vary depending on local weather conditions, the availability of landing sites and opportunities to see wildlife. The final itinerary will be determined by the expedition leader on board. A Discovery Fund fee of US$600pp is payable on board the vessel, which supports local projects within the area ensuring the longevity and success of educational, environmental and cultural initiatives in the region.

  • Available*: Oct
  • Group size: 50
  • Price excluding international flights: From £6,720 pp
  • Included in the price/package:
    • 12 nights on board Spirit of Enderby
    • All meals on board
    • 1 night hotel accommodation on half board basis
    • Transfers
    • Shore excursions and activities
    • Additional Discovery Fund payable on board: US$600 pp
    • Birding supplement: US$500 pp
    • Kayaking supplement: US$995 pp
  • Activities available:
    • Boat trip
    • Culture

Departures

This is a group trip with fixed departure dates. Please refer to our website for further information.

This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website

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